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Riverside Fire

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Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Sandy, OR 97055

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Riverside Fire Update for October, 16 2020

Riverside Fire Wildfire
News – 10/16/2020


Riverside Fire Update for October 10, 2020

General Information: A Type 3 Fire Management Team took command of the Riverside fire yesterday and will continue with suppression repair efforts to protect watersheds and fisheries, and with hazard mitigation efforts so Forest roads can be opened as quickly and as safely as possible.

Oregon Department of Transportation continues to work to remove fire weakened trees and loose rock that would threaten motorists traveling along Hwy 224. Portland General Electric is also working along the roads to mitigate hazard trees that pose a threat to the power infrastructure. Planning for hazard tree mitigation along roads maintained by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management is being finalized and should begin next week.

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Today temperatures will range from 55-65 degrees in the fire area and be slightly cooler above 4,000 feet. Winds will be light and flow to the northwest. There will be a slight chance of showers tonight and into tomorrow morning.
Even after a season-ending rain event, which brings enough precipitation to wet exposed fuels so thoroughly they are unlikely to burn, fire can remain underground for weeks and even months. Much like banking a fire in a fireplace or woodstove, hot coals can continue smoldering deep within the stumps and root systems without emitting smoke for long periods of time. The warmer temperatures over the next few days should not increase fire behavior.
Closures: Multiple forest and area closures remain in effect for the safety of firefighters and the public.  For the most up to date information, see the following websites:  
•    Mt. Hood National Forest www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247
•    Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.
•    Road Closures on TripCheck: www.tripcheck.com/

After Wildfire Resources: For information regarding assistance after a wildfire about timber salvage, landowner assistance and replanting see the following website: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/afterafire.aspx